Another Year, Another CF Question

Time for the annual spring “what the heck is going on in CF?” question. As of right now, it appears the starting center fielder for the Nationals is Roger Bernadina. Or Rick Ankiel. Which might be a nice platoon if they weren’t both lefties. With Bryce Harper being sent down (both for learning baseball reasons and for economic reasons) the dream that he would play CF or that Jayson Werth would is gone for the moment. So what should they do?

Maybe you think their current roster is just fine, and those guys will play well. Or you think it’s only a matter of time before Harper and Werth man RF and CF, in some order. Alternatively, there has been talk they’re going to try to trade for underutilized Arizona CF Gerardo Parra. They could also use Corey Brown, who has hit well this spring, but hasn’t seen much time in the middle of the outfield this spring.

Of course, if you, like me, think they might not truly believe they are going to be World Series contenders with 60% of Harper and no Strasburg at the end of the year, maybe it doesn’t matter what they do right now as long as they go after a free agent this offseason. So what’s your opini0n?

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2 Responses to Another Year, Another CF Question

  1. Corey Brown has played 422 of his 478 minor-league games in CF with a career FA of .983 — the question is not whether he can field the position, but rather, if he can hit consistently at the major-league level.

  2. Charlie says:

    Yes, I completely agree. But the Nats haven’t played him there much this spring, for whatever reason. He is probably one of their better defensive CF prospects, though.

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